Sineu market, one of Mallorca’s oldest markets, sparks the interest of considerable number of market-goers every week, both local and not-so-local, and is particularly popular among foreign tourists.
An organised visit to this market is one of the staple offerings from all of the main tour operators and is, in fact, one of their most popular, thanks to the range of products available for purchase there: vegetables, fruits, livestock, flowers, trees, tools, farming tools and, most appealingly, clothes, shoes and gift items. There really is something to suit all tastes.
The market is held every Wednesday and is the only market on the island to trade in live animals. The main breeds native to Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza are displayed in Plaça des Mercat in what is one of the main Balearic tourist attractions.
Every week more than 200 guilds set up stands at the market, which extends across the whole of the old town.
Toni Comas, counsellor for Fairs, Markets and Agriculture, explains that this weekly event is the main driver of the economy, which explains the importance ascribed to it by the local council. Sineu’s annual agricultural, livestock and crafts fair, Sa Fira, is held on the first Sunday of May and sees the Mallorcan town transformed into the ‘capital of the islands’ spring fairs’. Its development is inextricably linked to the growth experienced by the market which, together with the market in the nearby town of Inca, stimulated the creation of markets in other towns of the region.